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By Erin Smith

More than 78,000 pounds of ground turkey have been recalled by Butterball LLC in Mount Olive, NC. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the product may potentially be contaminated with Salmonella.

The product in question was packaged on July 7, 2018. They were shipped to institutions and retail outlets nationwide.  They include:

*48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.

*48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.

*16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.

*16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label

*48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.

*48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

According to the FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture have been investigated an outbreak of Salmonella. The outbreak involves at least five patients in two states. During the investigation, a package of Butterball brand ground turkey was found in a residence where four patients live. The ground turkey was sampled and the Salmonella strain was similar to the strain diagnosed in the patients.

Some symptoms of Salmonella infection may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache and bloody stools. Some symptoms can last up to 10 days, according to the Mayo Clinic.

If you purchased any of the Butterball ground turkey product, you are encouraged to return it to the store where it was purchased.

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